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an automaton in the form of a human being.
Contemporary Examples

The android Market has only about 10,000 apps at present—a 7-Eleven to Apple’s Wal-Mart.
Google’s Drool-Worthy Smartphone Software Nicholas Ciarelli November 7, 2009

It makes the iPhone seem old and outdated, and makes android phones seem big and clunky.
Nokia Lumia 900 Boasts Sleeker, More Modern Design Than Apple iPhone Dan Lyons January 9, 2012

android is created by Google but used by dozens of handset makers, including Samsung, HTC and Motorola.
The Virus in Your Pocket: a Boom in Android Malware Dan Lyons February 15, 2012

“I have a lower success rate with Siri than I do with the voice built into the android, and that bothers me,” Woz says.
Even Woz Thinks the Android Bests the iPhone Dan Lyons January 13, 2012

Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak still loves his iPhone, but says in some ways, android has leapt ahead.
Even Woz Thinks the Android Bests the iPhone Dan Lyons January 13, 2012

Historical Examples

“Very good, sir,” intoned the android, fading from the screen.
Turning Point Alfred Coppel

The ninth android hobbled back to his chair and waited quietly.
Ten From Infinity Paul W. Fairman

The tenth android went to a tiny curtained-off kitchenette and returned with a knife.
Ten From Infinity Paul W. Fairman

King, after a moment’s silence, said, “I’ve been thinking about that tenth android.”
Ten From Infinity Paul W. Fairman

I knew about the ninth android, and I met the tenth one in front of your apartment that second morning.
Ten From Infinity Paul W. Fairman

(in science fiction) a robot resembling a human being
resembling a human being
trademark a software package for smartphones, including many application programs
a smartphone that uses this software

“automaton resembling a human being,” 1842, from Modern Latin androides (itself attested as a Latin word in English from 1727), from Greek andro- “human” (see andro-) + eides “form, shape.” Greek androdes meant “like a man, manly;” cf. also Greek andrias “image of a man, statue.” Listed as “rare” in OED 1st edition (1879), popularized from c.1951 by science fiction writers.

android an·droid (ān’droid’)
Possessing human features and form.


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